April 12, 2000
BERKELEY - Junior Courtney Johnson was named California's Most Valuable Player for the 1999-2000 season at the annual women's basketball banquet held Tuesday night at H's Lordships in the Berkeley Marina.
Additional awards were presented to Shavaki Jackson and Kenya Corley, Most Improved Players, Johnson, Best Defensive Player and Best Free Throw Percentage, Paige Bowie, All-Cal, Ami Forney, Saul Becker Award.
Johnson, a 5-8 guard, was the Bears offensive and defensive leader during the 1999-2000 season. Johnson, a co-captain with Bowie, led Cal in scoring (11.7), steals (3.2), assists (3.1) and free throw percentage (.756). The Antioch, Calif., native led the Pac-10 in steals after finishing second (2.7) as a sophomore. She has 197 steals for her career, which is tied for sixth in school history.
Jackson, a 6-4 sophomore center, and Corley, a 5-8 junior guard, showed tremendous improvement during the 1999-2000 season. Jackson finished second on the team in scoring with 11.6 ppg and led the Bears in scoring in Pac-10 games with 12.4 ppg. The Berkeley native also led the Pac-10 during the regular season with 8.7 rebounds per game and 9.7 rpg during conference games. She posted a career-best 23 rebounds at Washington and 20 rebounds vs. Arizona State, giving her the distinction of being one of a handful of Pac-10 players to record 20 or more rebounds twice in a season. As a freshman, Jackson averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg.
Corley was third on Cal in scoring with 10.5 ppg and contributed 3.2 rpg, 1.6 rpg and 1.0 spg. These numbers are up from 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg and 0.9 spg as a sophomore. The Lancaster, Calif., native also added 11 blocked shots this season, giving her back-to-back double figure blocks despite being only 5-8.
Bowie, a 6-0 forward, is the only senior on this year's team. She is an ideal match for the All-Cal award, given to the individual who personifies what a Cal student-athlete should be. Bowie finishes her career with 1043 points, which ranks 14th in school history. In 1999-2000, she averaged 9.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg. The Fresno, Calif., native also earned her second-consecutive first team Academic All-Pac-10 selection and third team GTE District VIII Academic All-America honor.
Forney, a 6-2 sophomore center, is an ideal recipient of the Saul Becker Award, which is given to the athlete who displays an outstanding attitude, work ethic and spirit. Forney missed nine games with a stress fracture in her foot but continued to be one of Cal's emotional leaders throughout the season. The Newark, Calif., native played in 19 games, starting 11, averaging 6.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Cal finished the 1999-2000 season with an 11-17 record and a 6-12 Pac-10 mark. The Bears are optimistic heading into next season, as they won four of their final six games this year, will feature six seniors and return four starters. Additionally, Cal will have a new coach at the helm, as they are currently wrapping up a coaching search to replace Marianne Stanley, who resigned March 13 after four years in Berkeley.